Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Somerville school uses lullaby to teach kids about lockdown drills

Somerville school uses lullaby to teach kids about lockdown drills

In Massachusetts, a class of five-year-olds are learning this rhyme - set to the lullaby "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" - so they know what to do during a school shooting. Turn the lights off say no more.

"Go behind the desk and hide". Wait until it's safe inside ...

'Lockdown, lockdown it's all done.

Now it's time to have some fun.

The post has drawn a considerable amount of attention from those saddened by the apparent necessity of teaching toddlers how to navigate a potential school shooting scenario.

"This sort of thing really makes me question raising my kids in the USA", tweeted one San Francisco-based father.

"This should not be hanging in my soon-to-be-kindergartener's classroom", she wrote.

"My issue is with the political & cultural factors that brought us to this sad state".

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"Lockdown drills are necessary in this country because until stronger gun reform laws are enacted and the plague of gun violence eradicated, there must be systems in place to keep our schools and students safe", he said.

Somerville Public School officials have not yet released a statement on the lockdown directions, and it is unclear whether it's mandatory for them to be displayed in the school's classrooms.

The Somerville district enrolls about 5,000 students in a suburb north of Boston.

Much like fire drills in past generations, lockdown drills are now common practice in schools and won't be going away anytime soon, according to the statement.

They agreed with Cohen's initial assessment of the circumstances, calling the need for lockdowns "jarring" for students, educators, and families.

DeVos said the commission - established in response to the Parkland shooting in which 17 people died - would not look at the role of firearms in school shootings because "that is not part of the commission's charge, per se".

Just last month, in Santa Fe, Texas, shooter Dimitrios Pagourtzis opened fire in an art room, leaving ten dead and another ten injured.

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